THE SHORT WALL

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One of the most unique, daring and bold lines at its grade, ‘SPIT OFF’ (5.11c, 5 bolts, #1) was put up by Ken Driese and Larry Scritchfield in 1991. The gut-wrenching step ‘across the void’ to start the route has become legendary. Once started, you are immediately faced with unrelenting 5.11c on dicey crystals and thin edges – High Pucker Factor! Either you have it or you DON’T – and you will quickly find out !!
There is another route on the ‘backside’ (northwest face) also put up by Driese and Scritchfield in the same year.‘GROUND UP’ is a 5.9 with 2 bolts.
THE SHORT WALL ……. working

R. Kepley making the hair raising ‘gap step’ prior to being ‘SPIT OFF’ ….. or not.

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